Back in 2010, when Palmer Vineyards and its Spanish-born winemaker Miguel Martin released Long Island’s first Albariño, Martin told me, “I think Long Island may be blessed with the kind of conditions perfect for the production and growing of Albariño because of the similar weather patterns.”  

That first wine, made from fruit grown on vines planted in 2007, showed promise. It was fresh, bright and delicious — just as Albarino should be. “I am very excited about the future potential of this variety in Long Island,” Martin told me at the time.

He’s not alone. Since that first release, not only has Palmer had a great string of successful vintages of Albarino — but that success has inspired others to plant the grape. You can expect it to show up in other Long Island tasting rooms in coming years.

There’s less of the just-released 2017 to go around this year (you can blame the winter of 2016 for that), but the quality remains high.

Palmer Vineyards 2017 Albarino

90 points

It begins with a melange of tropical fruits with light floral aromas on a highly aromatic nose. In the mouth, it’s juicy and dry with more tropical qualities, but also brisk Granny Smith apple flavors and acidity that lead into a wonderful saline minerality on a long finish.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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